Essay about The Expansion Of The Westward Expansion

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The Westward Expansion has often been viewed as one of the main factors in the shaping of American history. The expansion of the United States into territory west of the Mississippi River first began with the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. Thomas Jefferson nearly doubled the size of the nation, and began the infrastructure of building what is now today the United States of America. Several played a big role in determining the nature of this expansion; Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson were able to expand westward, but at the expense of several Native American tribes. John O’ Sullivan was able to convey the idea that the US was meant to expand across the entire continent of North America.
For Thomas Jefferson, the westward expansion was key to the nation’s well-being. He believed that a republic depended on an independent, upright citizenry for its survival. Jefferson inferred that independence and morality went hand in hand with that of land ownership, as well as ownership of small farms. “A very few tribes only are not yet obstinately in these dispositions. In order peaceably to counteract this policy of theirs, and to provide an extension of territory which the rapid increase of our numbers will call for, two measures are deemed expedient.” (Jefferson, p.1) Through expansion, Jefferson knew he needed to accommodate with the tribes. Increasing their farms as well as domestic comfort, Jefferson established trade houses with the Indian tribes in hopes of them seeing the…

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